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Brentford B Team

Allan Steele: “We needed a reaction”

Stand-in boss on Exeter City stalemate

10 October 2017

Allan Steele said that Brentford B reacted in the right way against Exeter City following the defeat at home to Glasgow Rangers last time out. The Bees controlled the game against Exeter for long spells but despite their best efforts couldn’t unlock a stubborn defence. Speaking to iFollow Brentford, Allan stressed that there were plenty of positives to take from the 0-0 draw.  

“Kev (O’Connor) and I spoke in the week about needing a reaction after the Rangers game, and I think we saw that today,” said Allan. “I was very pleased to get a clean sheet and I was happy with the impact that the First Team boys had on the group. The boys have applied themselves well in training – we’re looking forward to the next game.

“Exeter are top of League Two for a reason; they defend very well, at times they looked good in possession and they can counter attack, too. We were prepared for that going into the game but unfortunately we were unable to break them down. We moved the ball quickly and I think our quality showed in possession – there was a few moments around the box that showed that we need to work on ways of trying to break down that kind of defence – but ultimately I’m pleased with the performance”.

Luke Daniels, Josh McEachran, Lewis Macleod, John Egan and Lasse Vibe were all named among the starting XI at Jersey Road. Allan was quick to praise the impact of the First Team players.  

“The impact of the First Team players both in the changing room and on the pitch is invaluable. We’re trying to push players into that First Team group and you can see how professionally they approach the game. Today was a big test for the B Team boys to see how they’d react to playing alongside the First Team players, and I was really pleased that even the boys who came off the bench were able to come on and make an impact.

“It was always the plan to give the First Team players 60 minutes playing time. The aim for those guys now is to look forward and get involved with the First Team group again, and I think they’ll make a massive impact when they do”.

Up next for Brentford B is a trip to Manchester City on Saturday, a fixture that Allan says himself and the rest of the group are looking forward to.

“We’re looking forward to the game. It’ll be a big test and I’m very pleased with both the calibre and variety of games we’re getting now. We have to go there with the right attitude and ensure over the next few days that the players are ready for that test”. 

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